2012

Disney Has Arrived

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One thing we have enjoyed is watching the big cruise ships traveling to Alaska from Vancouver or Seattle. Now, the thing is, we are watching these ships path to Alaska on the Internet  at marinetraffic.com.  We are a bit miffed because their journey pathway takes them behind Hanson Island that we can see the east side of  and the ships go on the west side.

 

Well, this evening we saw that Disney Wonder was coming back from Alaska and going between Malcolm Island and us on Vancouver Island. So, off we ran up the hill to watch it come in. Here’s some photos.

The ship is far out (black dot) from us going about 7 knots. It took about an hour before it reached us in Telegraph Cove.

 

Finally, it came along side where we were standing. Dale had alerted the campground of a ship coming by us so we had a group of people out watching. It is so awesome to see people from Germany, Ireland, B.C and the USA all in a common event.

 

I got the notion to run down to our beach to catch a sight of the boat against the snowy mountains on the mainland of B.C.

Here it is going by our little beach cove.

If you look real close, the tip of the ship lines up with the tip of a snow capped mountain peaking above the clouds.

 

To end our evening, we invited Anna, from Munich, Germany, over for a cup of tea and to get warm. Anna is tenting with another person as they travel through Canada. She is fulfilling a dream of hers of visiting Canada.

 

Life is Great! God’s great love for us is Jesus Christ, His son!

Ferry Time

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Being good planners that we are (**cough**cough**), Dale made reservations for the ferry crossing to Vancouver Island out of Tsawwassen. They were offering a discount if we took a later ferry, so we signed up.

 

When we arrived in Tsawwassen, we found a huge mall there and parked to wait for the 5:45 ferry time. We ate lunch in their food court and walked through the mall. I’m sure we got in our 10,000 steps.

 

When we arrived at the ferry terminal, we paid our $197 Canadian and got in lane 24 as instructed. As we waited, the other lanes filled up. Thankfully, we were put on the ferry quickly.

 

 


 

If you have ever been on a ferry you know they put almost every kind of vehicle on that boat. When I see all these 18 wheelers I gulp. Will this boat hold up all this weight! It did! 🙂

 

I showed you the roof of this side of the ferry because when we got off the ferry and to Costco in Nanaimo, there were white dots all over the car and down the back of the motor home. Yep, bird poop! They must hitched a ride.

 

Leaving the port where the ferry’s dock.
Name of the ferry we were on.

 

Dale taking a photo of us leaving.

We found the cafe. Hot food. Dinner was a cheese burger and salad for me and Dale had chicken and fries.

 

2 hours later we are back on dry ground. We followed that truck out. On our way to Nanaimo.

To see more photo’s of this leg of our journey, click here.  

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Even after our being stopped at the border, we enjoyed Tsawwassen and the ferry ride.  Highway 19 was a virtual freeway and we arrived at our destination by 8 p.m.

Life is good. God is a light in the darkness.

 

Summer Vacation Time

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After about a week and a half, we finally arrived at our destination – Telegraph Cove!

An old mill town now hosts condos, marina, boardwalk with a general store, 2 coffee shops, the Seahorse Cafe and the Pub Restaurant along with the bear tours and the whale tours. Lots of outdoor seating too. This is all on a boardwalk!

Our rig is park so that we have a view of the Johnstone Strait. Yesterday we saw a huge cruise ship passing by on its way to Vancouver, BC. Probably coming from Alaska.

Nope, didn’t get a photo of the ship!

We do like our spot. We can see the whole campground from here.

 

Finally found some flowers for our space. Not a lot of choice but I do like daisies! Proudly displaying our flag!

We can hike to the beach or down to the point where the mouth of the marina is.

Vistas are incredible. Off in the distance on islands are huge snow-capped mountains. Smaller islands dot the sound.

 

This place on earth is incredibly beautiful and we are so thankful to be here. There are hikes we can do. Kayaks we can take out on the water and maybe see whales and other sea animals!

 

We are digging the cooler weather! It gets in the high 60’s when the sun comes out. Last 2 days have had cloud cover all day.

Dale has made his camp host job taking care of the RV park. He’s great dealing with people.  I knew this was probably coming, but I get the one bathroom and 4 shower stalls to clean. Small price to pay for our space and full hook-ups and being able to stay here for 3 months.

Life is exciting and very good. Thanking God for this beautiful place and the opportunity to be here.

 

 

 

Camera’s and Hummingbirds

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Dale has purchased a nazzy Cannon EOS80 for our trip to Vancouver Island. So he is outside learning how to use it.

He found an app for his phone to use to take photo’s. Today’s subject was the hummingbirds.

We purchased a humming bird feeder at the Crane Festival in Lodi California when we were visiting his mom. We love it.

 

He put to good use our tri-pod from the TV dish! It’s going to be heavy lugging around though.

Here’s some shots.

 

As you can see the hummers have been buzzing around our home.   Dale is having a lot of fun with his new toy! I expect some great shots of whales this summer !! 🙂

Life is good on the ranch! God loves us so much!

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Merry Christmas

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A Merry Christmas to all of you and God’s blessings.

Our year has gone by so fast. Has yours? I remember the day we were so excited when hear we had the job of tailgunner for the trip to Alaska way back in spring time!

That trip was amazing! We had 17 rigs in all. Very wonderful people with no big problems!

Scenery was excellent and the weather wasn’t bad either. We lucked out and had 4 days of Mt. Denali. Amazing.

We have been home now since August with a trip to Reno in October to enjoy family and then home. Enjoying being “seated” for awhile.

Thanksgiving we were able to get a condo at Running Y Ranch and have the whole family with us. It was special and a great 5 days.

Dale is busy in his work shop and I am busy at the sewing machine.

Christmas will find us at Seven Feathers with the gang for a nice dinner. Otherwise, quiet and relaxing.

New Years will also be a special day with my son and daughter visiting. Then we are all off to Brookings and Dale and I will spend a few days there and then amble up the coast to home.

It has been a wet, wet winter here. Temps have been freezing cold. We have been able to see the sun a few days here and there.

Dale and I wish you a blessed Christmas and to remember why we set this day apart from others to remember our Lord Jesus’ birth. May He bless you richly.

On The Road Again – To Denali

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We got a late start today. One camper had trouble getting their camper on their truck and we can’t leave until EVERYONE leaves!

The drive to Denali National Park was an easy one today. Dale was tired after getting up and having coffee ready at 6 when everyone else slept in!

The views were gorgeous as only a wild land can be. Take a gander!

Alaskan Native Vetrans
The Native Veterans Bridge

 

 

in denali
Mountains outside the shops in Denali.

 

 

Tanana River
Tanana River

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Dale is off riding the bus into the park and I am sure he will haves lots of photo’s at www.rvecafe.com

I have a free day. There is about a block of little shops (if that many). Our RV park is right behind them. Between the mountains, river, road and shops, not much space to put a bunch of RV’s!

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The day we arrived here (yesterday) the planned event was at The Cabin. Homestyle dinner and a show. What fun we had. The waiters and waitresses were all in the show and they had things going on all through dinner.

my table

This is my table. In the next photo we show you how we let the waiter Charles know we need more food. Yep. Napkins in the air and swing those puppies around.

more food

Charles our waiter, is from Scottsdale, AZ. He comes up here to perform. He plays the piano, guitar and sings. Pretty funny guy too.

waiter charles

Dinner was salmon, ribs, corn, mashed red potatoes, biscuits, salad and baked beans. ((drum roll please))

Dessert!

Blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry Cobbler
Blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry Cobbler. Topped off with whipped cream.

Our show cast:

the group
L-R: Charles, low voiced guy, Joe and Henry Fanny and Miss Amber in front.

It was a good day all around.

Life is gooooood! Really good. God has shown us so much of His creation this trip and it is all beautiful.